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Detention of children


Anyone under the age of 18 who is sentenced to a period of detention by the courts will be sent to the Oberstown Children Detention Campus. This follows reforms to the detention of children introduced under the Children (Amendment) Act 2015.

People aged 18 years or over may be sent to prison.

Children detention schools

Former Industrial Schools and Reformatory Schools were called children detention schools and were managed by the Irish Youth Justice Service which is part of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. There were 3 children detention schools which were considered suitable to detain remanded and committed children. They were:

  • Oberstown Boys School
  • Oberstown Girls School
  • Trinity House School

Male offenders aged 17 committed to a period of detention by the courts were sent to St. Partick's Institution, which was formerly known as Borstal.

A new national children detention facility for children under the age of 18 has been developed at Oberstown with the amalgamation of the 3 detention schools mentioned above. This is known as the Oberstown Children Detention Campus. Following the enactment of the Children (Amendment) Act 2015 all young people sentenced to a period of detention by the courts are sent to this facility. Under the Prisons Act 2015, St. Patrick's Institution was closed with effect from 7th April 2017.

Page edited: 18 April 2017



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